Nom­i­nees: a) MAN CLA 49.300 EVO b) Maruti Suzuki Su­per Carry c) Force Trav­eller T2 3350 d)BharatBenz 1623 Bus Plat­form e) Tata Star­bus Hy­brid f) Ashok Ley­land Cap­tain 2518.

Commercial Vehicle - - COVER STORY -

The year 2017 saw some in­ter­est­ing de­buts. In­dica­tive of the fu­ture di­rec­tion of some of the key seg­ments of the CV sec­tor, the promis­ing de­buts also re­flected upon the changes tak­ing place in the In­dian CV in­dus­try. Point­ing at a burn­ing de­sire to grow and ad­dress the ex­act­ing re­quire­ments of the op­er­a­tors as well as the end users, the promis­ing de­buts this year turned out to be two CVs. One was the MAN 49.300 EVO prime mover in the 49-tonne seg­ment. A part of the EVO range that marked some de­sign and func­tional im­prove­ments to the CLA range that MAN has been of­fer­ing in In­dia for roughly a decade and half, the MAN CLA 49.300 EVO is pow­ered by a 300 hp, BSIV 6.9-litre MAN D-0836 six-cylin­der com­mon-rail turbo-diesel engine. Trans­mis­sion is a nine-speed unit. Equipped with a SCR-based ex­haust af­tertreat­ment sys­tem, the trac­tor, fea­tur­ing a bell-crank rear sus­pen­sion, is equipped with an aero­dy­namic fully-built safety cabin, EVB, ABS, high grade­abil­ity, strong rigid front axle and a hy­poid rear axle.

The other promis­ing de­but of the year was the Force Trav­eller T2 3350. Mark­ing an ad­di­tion to the com­pany’s Trav­eller range, the T2 3350 is aimed at the last mile ur­ban trans­porta­tion mar­ket. It is based on the wider of the two plat­forms the Trav­eller could be had. Termed as T2 there­fore, the ve­hi­cle is a mono­coque con­struc­tion, and weighs 3810 kg. It can seat 12 or 13 peo­ple, and is pow­ered by a 91 hp, 2.6-litre BSIV com­mon-rail turbo-diesel engine that is mated to a five-speed trans­mis­sion. Fea­tur­ing leaf springs sus­pen­sion with anti-roll bar at the front and rear, the T2 3350 is ef­fi­cient, ver­sa­tile and of­fers among the low­est TCO. Flaunt­ing a mod­ern dash and a clear stand up height of six-feet in the pas­sen­ger area, the T2 3350 makes a promis­ing peo­ple-mover.

WIN­NER: MAN CLA 49.300 EVO (L to R): Girish Mallya, Pub­lisher, Next Gen Pub­lish­ing; So­ma­sun­daram S, Head – Sales, MAN Trucks In­dia; Vikram Pot­dar, CFO, MAN Trucks In­dia, Sathya­narayan Do­raiswami, Head – Mar­ket­ing, MAN Trucks In­dia, and C Si­vara­makr­ishna, Head – After­sales, MAN Trucks In­dia.

WIN­NER: FORCE TRAV­ELLER T2 3350 (L to R): Girish Mallya, Pub­lisher, Next Gen Pub­lish­ing; Ashutosh Khosla, Pres­i­dent Sales and Mar­ket­ing, Force Mo­tors, and Kshi­tij Harne, Deputy GM – Trav­eller Sales, Force Mo­tors.

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